She was highly skilled in the supernatural, and she is believed to have been responsible for drastically changing the religious life of the kingdom.
She enhanced the position of the king, by controlling the people via vodun (woodoo) and establishing a couple of creator gods - and they thereby set up a joint monarchy, which controlled both the spirits and the earthly sphere.
Elected as successor of Eleonora Maria von Manderscheid as the fifth and last consecutive sovereign of that Family in the Reichstift Elten (Chapter of the Realm).
1742 she banned excessive funerals and weddings and the following year she banned private schools.
She was daughter of Margrave Albrecht Friedrich von Brandenburg Schwedt (16721731) and Marie Dorothea von Kurland (16841743). Also used the name, Maria Charlotte, and was daughter of Count Carl Friedel Desiderius von Knigsegg-Rothenfels and Maximiliane von Althann.
One of her sisters, Anna Wilhelmine, was Abbess of Sankt Ursula in Kln.
1741-62 Imperatitsa Regnant Elisabeth Petrovna of Russia, Empress and Autocrat of All the Russians, Tsarisa of Moscow, Kiev, Vladimir, Novgorod, Kazan, Astrakhan, Poland, Siberia, the Chersonnese Taurics, and Georgia, Lady of Pskov, Grand Duchess of Smolensk, Lithuania, Volhynia, Podolia and Finland, Princess of Estonia, Livonia, Courland and Semigallia, Samogitia, Bielostock, Carelia, Tver, Yongoria, Perm, Vlatks, Bolgaria, and of other lands, Lady and Grand Duchess of Lower Novgorod, Tchernigov, Riasan, Polotsk, Rostov, Yaroslav, Belosero, Oudoria, Obdoria, Condia, Vitebsk, Mstislav, and all the Northern Region, Lady and Sovereign of the lands of Iveria, Cartalinia, Kabardinia and the Provinces of Armenia, Lady of the Circassian and Mountain princes, Lady of Turkestan, Supreme Defender and Guardian of the Dogmas of the (Russian Orthodox) Church Yelisabeth was daughter of Emperor Peter the Great, and born on before her father's official marriage to Catherina I.
After 1748 Maria Theresia was given time to implement internal reforms.She faced a Portuguese invasion in 1744, one of their largest military operations in the eighteenth century.In the course of their attack, Matamba's army inflicted a serious defeat on the Portuguese, but in spite of this, a remnant of the army managed to reach the capital of Matamba.In order to avoid a long war and to get them to withdraw, she signed a treaty of vassalage with Portugal which renewed points conceded by her predecssor, Vernica in 1683.While the treaty allowed Portugal to claim Matamba as a vassal, and opened up Matamba to Portuguese trade, it had little effect on the real sovereignty of Matmaba, or indeed in the conduct of trade.